|“||I lost a sister in Chicago! You have no sympathy for me!||„|
|~ Savoy revealing why he's so violently angry.|
James Savoy is one of two quaternary antagonists (and the secondary human antagonist) of Transformers: Age of Extinction. He's a commander of the CIA black ops unit Cemetery Wind and the right-hand man of Harold Attinger.
He was portrayed by Titus Welliver.
Savoy is first seen in the beginning of the movie leading Cemetery Wind at a boat pier. Using 6 mini-drones and a heat signature scanner, Savoy's men successfully used 2 explosions to break down Ratchet, with the second blowing his leg off. Ratchet then pleads for his life claiming he is friendly and that he is only running from humans because Optimus Prime urged him to immediately do so. Savoy still doesn't spare Ratchet, complaining to the Autobot about his sister's death in Chicago. Savoy then gleefully watched Lockdown rip out poor Ratchet's spark.
He was the right-hand man of Harold Attinger and the leader of a CIA black ops unit known as the Cemetery Wind to capture Cade Yeager, his daughter, Tessa and Shane including all the Transformers. He wants to kill Optimus Prime and all the other Autobots, even the Decepticons since his sister was killed in the battle of Chicago.
In Hong Kong, China, Savoy tried shooting at Joshua, Tessa and Shane as the three went down in an elevator to get rid of Lockdown's seed. Cade chose not to stay in the elevator, deciding that he must stay behind and fight off Savoy, who then engages in a fight with Cade where they are punching each other in a building in Hong Kong. Savoy chases Cade down the exterior backwall of an apartment building in Hong Kong, and Savoy shoves Cade through a window into a room.
Exchanging blows and punches, Savoy is able to smash a glass vase on Cade's head while Cade jams his thumb into Savoy's eye socket, and the two immediately shoved each other away of a short distance. Savoy complains about Cade for hiding and siding with Optimus before pulling out a knife, but Cade throws a football at his head and pushes him out of the window, causing Savoy to fall to his death, breaking his spine, killing him, ending his wrath for good and avenging Ratchet.
Savoy was a loyal right-hand man to Attinger, who held a grudge against Cybertronians, no matter whether good ones (mostly Autobots) or evil (mostly Decepticons). Perhaps since the death of his sister in Chicago at the hands of Sentinel Prime and the Decepticons, it was implied that he has gone insane since then. Due to her death, he has become wrathful, ruthless and highly sadistic, taking enjoyment out of inflicting, suffering and pain toward the helpless Cybertronians and humans alike, like he did to Ratchet and Tessa (which forced Optimus Prime out of hiding). Even before his death, Savoy himself had been twisted into somewhat thinking that Cade, along with his Autobot allies and his family, mocking him over his sister's death as he went on the blind fury with his knife to stab Cade when Cade tries to reason with him for the final time before being forced to send him to his death. This might be the reason why Attinger appointed him as his right-hand man, though his homicidal wrath eventually led to his death at the hands of Cade at the last moment during their final fight.
In the lesser extent, Savoy can also be considered an anti-villain due to the fact that he clearly loved his sister, something which made him hold a deep hatred towards Cybertronians in his crippled heart, although he is virtually a sociopath due to killing any innocent lives.
- Savoy is very similar to Gregory Swofford and Mark Morgan from the 3rd season finale of G1 Transformers, as both bore a grudge on Cybertronians regardless of factions for what they did to them & deeply care for someone they love. Unlike both of them however, Savoy is far darker & less redeemable.
- In addition, compared to them, Savoy himself possesses more Yangire-like qualities judging from his violent side either when he threatened Tessa or attempt to slashes his knife in blind fury toward Cade which forced the latter to send him to his death before he had a chance to do so.
- Savoy appears to be loosely based on Spike Witwicky in the IDW Transformers comics, though things that they only share in common are their savagery and personality.